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Tri-Cities close public playgrounds to stem spread of COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 5:45 pm PST


Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody made the move to close playgrounds at city parks Thursday

All three municipalities are encouraging healthy residents to enjoy the outdoors but only if distance can be maintained

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Three Lower Mainland municipalities have closed city playgrounds due to concerns over COVID-19.

Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody made the move to close public playgrounds Thursday afternoon.

Statements from all three cities say the decision is the latest in efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

“This is the latest proactive action Port Coquitlam has taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The city closed all civic facilities to the public Monday and postponed a number of upcoming events to ensure the safety of residents,” says a statement from the City of Port Coquitlam.

In all three cities, parks and public washrooms will remain open, and sanitizing efforts will be stepped up.

City officials are, however, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors in less crowded locations.

“Port Coquitlam offers a vast array of public parks, trails and natural spaces for public and families to play, walk, cycle, stroll and gather,” the statement continues.

“For their mental and physical health, Coquitlam families are encouraged to enjoy the parks and trails throughout the community, while avoiding groups and maintaining a distance of one to two metres from others,” says a statement from the city.

Playgrounds will be taped off and signs will be posted reminding park-goers of the closure.